The Courier & Advertiser (Perth and Perthshire Edition)
Wildcat among the pigeons ...
Windfarm opponents hoping protected species findings derails plan
Campbell have also submitted a “confidential” appendix to SNH on this matter.
Along with raptors, the animals are enshrined in national guidance, forbidding the development of windfarms near sensitive sites.
Conservationists believe there are only 35 wildcats remaining in Scotland.
The window for consultation and comment closed in January, and generated an unprecedented response from the public for both councils.
Sarah Dooley, Saddle Hill windfarm project manager, said: “We carried out detailed environmental studies and submitted the results alongside the planning application for the Saddle Hill Wind Farm. They found no evidence of wildcat activity at the proposed site, althoughottersandbatswereconfirmed to be present, potentially along with pine marten and badger.
“Our studies concluded that the proposed windfarm will not have a significant effect on any animal species. However, we would welcome the opportunity to review further details of any other wildlife sightings.
“Should the wind farm be granted planning consent, we would carry out further pre-construction studies.
“If protected species were found to be present at the site, we would develop a Habitat Management Plan in consultation with Scottish Natural Heritage. This would include putting in place measures that would benefit these protected species – it is perfectly possible for windfarms and such species to co-exist with the adoption of appropriate mitigation and enhancement measures.”